In a world that tries to dull our sparkle, one photographer is helping us find our shine.
That's the gist of Silvana Denker's latest project, "Metallic Curves," the successor to her popular BodyLove campaign. Coated in gold and silver body paint, Denker's metallic models are shredding the idea that there's only one body ideal.
"I staged them as sculptures. My ambition was to create art and on the other hand to show the beauty of the human body and size diversity," she said.
No one can forget Kim Kardashian's famous W magazine cover, where her naked body was covered in silver paint, but Denker says the art world has yet to produce anything like that with a cast of models from size 12 and up. She combed the internet to make sure of it.
As a plus-size model who has battled an eating disorder for 15 years, body acceptance and self-love is personally important to Denker.
"I stand behind everything with my own story — my struggles," she shared. "I was bullied at school... I gained and lost weight during the years many times. I hated myself and my body for so many years and wasn't happy with my life."
It was through modeling and body positivity that Denker began to truly love and know herself.
"It made me able to help others on their own way to beat their struggles and learn to accept themselves the way they are," she explained.
While the project is going viral and impacting thousands, Denker is equally gratified by the change the experience had on the models.
For model Katharina Ernst, working with Denker has improved her confidence in her body and herself.
"It gave me a feeling of being beautiful and it still continues," Ernst told Revelist. "I learned to love myself and my body the way it is. Every body is beautiful, we just have to see it."
Undeniably beautiful, these images also show the strength and power of our curves.
"You can see that through projects like these, bigger women are able to do acrobatic poses... I want to fight against the prejudice that bigger women aren't sporty, too."